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Title: How long after 'like' to submit?
Post by: Thush on September 03, 2020, 07:55 AM
I know the differing pitch parties have different rules- but what is the standard time you can take to submit after the event?

Title: Re: How long after 'like' to submit?
Post by: hue on September 03, 2020, 11:33 AM
I don't know if there is any rule, but submitted within 24 hours.
Title: Re: How long after 'like' to submit?
Post by: dkshumaker on September 03, 2020, 11:44 AM
There are no hard and fast rules, but the assumption is that the story you are pitching is submission ready. So yes, you can take a day or two or three to review and polish as you always want to submit your best possible work, but waiting too long may or may not look odd.

BUT, don't feel any obligation to submit to everyone who "likes" your story. DO YOUR RESEARCH. If the agent or editor doesn't seem like a good fit, don't submit. On many of the pitch parties (I cohost #PBPitch) sometimes you get agent or editors who don't feel "right." A few times a vanity publisher or two hearted a bunch.

Good luck!
Title: Re: How long after 'like' to submit?
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on September 03, 2020, 08:34 PM
I think your good from immediately until about a month unless the agent or editor states otherwise, and sometimes they do have this info in their Twitter bios or web guidelines. Keep in mind that an agent who is open to general submissions all the time may not mind a longer wait but another may shut down before you get your pitch out if you wait too long.
Title: Re: How long after 'like' to submit?
Post by: christripp on September 05, 2020, 05:02 AM
On many of the pitch parties (I cohost #PBPitch) sometimes you get agent or editors who don't feel "right." A few times a vanity publisher or two hearted a bunch.

Agree completely, DO be careful and research every Agent and Editor/Publisher that "hearts" your Twitter Pitch. Just saw a new (to me at least) Vanity/Author services company liking SO many pitches on the one held just this week and lots of writers thanking them and saying they are sending their sub to them now, or just sent it, etc.
Title: Re: How long after 'like' to submit?
Post by: Thush on September 05, 2020, 05:07 AM
Thanks everyone! Yes I only submitted to 2 of the 4 agent likes.
Title: Re: How long after 'like' to submit?
Post by: dkshumaker on September 05, 2020, 06:30 AM
Good luck!!!!
Title: Re: How long after 'like' to submit?
Post by: Mindy Alyse Weiss on September 05, 2020, 09:21 PM
Fingers and toes crossed for you, Thush!  :goodluck
Title: Re: How long after 'like' to submit?
Post by: Jayca on September 06, 2020, 10:04 AM
Good luck, Thush!
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Post by: Daniela R. on September 06, 2020, 11:24 AM
I had the luck of getting a like on my pitch from an agent at the same agency as another agent whom I'd already queried and awaiting response. I can't send the material to the agent who requested it until the other one passes. Ugh. I swear this kinda dumb stuff only happens to me.  :eek5 C'est la vie.
Title: Re: How long after 'like' to submit?
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on September 06, 2020, 06:59 PM
At least, you can still submit. Some agencies say a "no" from one is a no from all. Hopefully the first will love it and the rest will become irrelevant.
Title: Re: How long after 'like' to submit?
Post by: susan-andrews on September 29, 2020, 02:26 PM
This information about pitch parties  is AMAZING! I have several picture books and a middle grade fantasy novel I've been submitting to publishers that accept unsolicited manuscripts, and it has been a slow and frustrating process. This opens the doors (no, floodgates!) to exciting possibilities. I just joined Twitter. I definitely need to figure out how pitch parties work. THANK YOU EVERYONE!
 
Title: Re: How long after 'like' to submit?
Post by: dkshumaker on September 29, 2020, 04:30 PM
Susan, the next #PBPitch is Thursday, October 29th. Check out the website www.pbpitch.com for more details!
Title: Re: How long after 'like' to submit?
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on September 29, 2020, 06:32 PM
Susan, the next #PBPitch is Thursday, October 29th.

And me with a new PB manuscript. Might have to do this one. Thanks for the info, Deb.
Title: Re: How long after 'like' to submit?
Post by: susan-andrews on September 29, 2020, 08:31 PM
Debbie, thank you SO MUCH for the information! I'll go to the pbpitch website first thing tomorrow.
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Post by: alanna-propst on November 07, 2020, 10:39 AM
Hi writers! In reading this thread and doing some google follow-up I learned what pitch wars are! Unfortunately I just missed the one for picture books but I see #pitmad is coming up. Does anyone have experience or advice re: #pitmad for a picture book writer? Thanks in advance :)
Title: Re: How long after 'like' to submit?
Post by: Sonya Bright on November 09, 2020, 06:18 AM
Hi writers! In reading this thread and doing some google follow-up I learned what pitch wars are! Unfortunately I just missed the one for picture books but I see #pitmad is coming up. Does anyone have experience or advice re: #pitmad for a picture book writer? Thanks in advance

One thing I'd recommend is doing a lot of research on anyone who likes your tweet. Not every agent or editor participating is what you would call legitimate. Some are just random people who decided to become an agent even though they have no connections or sales history. There was a bit of drama after the last event when one kidlit agent called out another for her unprofessional work.
Title: Re: How long after 'like' to submit?
Post by: Daniela R. on November 09, 2020, 08:58 AM
Hi writers! In reading this thread and doing some google follow-up I learned what pitch wars are! Unfortunately I just missed the one for picture books but I see #pitmad is coming up. Does anyone have experience or advice re: #pitmad for a picture book writer? Thanks in advance :)

My personal experience is that the majority of likes I got were from newbie agents and overseas agents. I'm not entirely sure why UK agents participate in pitch contests when the majority of writers seem to be from North America (correct me if I'm wrong, of course). I've submitted to them for them for hoots and giggles. So far, I haven't received a reply from any of the Latinx or Pitmad requests I've gotten. I'm wondering about others.
Title: Re: How long after 'like' to submit?
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on November 09, 2020, 06:42 PM
I do Twitter pitch contests as a lark. It's fun to see what others post. And maybe someday I'll have good luck with it. Go in with no expectations and see what happens.
Title: Re: How long after 'like' to submit?
Post by: Sonya Bright on December 06, 2020, 11:25 PM
My personal experience is that the majority of likes I got were from newbie agents and overseas agents. I'm not entirely sure why UK agents participate in pitch contests when the majority of writers seem to be from North America (correct me if I'm wrong, of course). I've submitted to them for them for hoots and giggles. So far, I haven't received a reply from any of the Latinx or Pitmad requests I've gotten. I'm wondering about others.

I'm not American, so I've never thought about it that way. I know a bunch of Australians and Asians who got their agents from the pitch events.